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of the "huffington post." thanks for joining us. >> thank you formation me un. >> eliot: polling is more than picking up the phone, calling 12 random people and adding up who said what? >> increasingly, when i started in this business 25 years ago you could do something like that. you could get a scientifically random sample, a few reasonable steps to make it rigorous and not have to do a whole lot of waiting or adjustment afterwards. now there have been a combination of things. lower response rates the whole cell phone problem basically two-thirds of us have two kinds of phones. another third roughly have a cell phone only, and it's a whole lot harder to know what the odds are getting someone over one phone or another. pollsters are having to make a lot of assumptions one way or another about either about the demographics of who they interview or the mechanism that they use to select it. >> eliot: i want to break this down a little bit. the moment you talk about waiting some answers more than others you're putting into play an opportunity for the pollster to exercise discretion that may be correct o
and sandy this week. bloomberg wrote and i quote "in just 14 months, two hurricanes have forced us to evacuate nakeds, something our city had -- never done before. i want our president to place scientific evidence and risk management above electoral politics." for more, we have on the phone -- what's going on to get to millions of commuters to work tomorrow, i'm joined by phone by metropolitan transportation spokesman aaron donovan. thanks for joining us. >> thanks, governor, you bet. >> eliot: we know you've begun to get some of the subways above 34th and 42nd street moving again. what will be open tomorrow and then if you could, give us an update on the tunnels which seem to be the major impediment to expanding traffic. >> well, at this point in time, our subway system is essentially cut in half. we have some service running between the bronx and manhattan and queens and manhattan. that's terminating midtown. the rest of the lines operating in brooklyn and southern queens are terminating in downtown brooklyn. to get
washington university. thank you for joining us, professor. >> pleasure, eliot always. >> eliot: it seems so tantalizingly closer. a cease-fire was about to be announced. you've been through the process before. can you infer or suggest or understand what would be a sticking point at this late moment? >> part of this is probably one or both of the parties haven't got man they need out of current crisis. i strongly suspect it is probably on the hamas side where they're looking for assurances that if there is a cease-fire, there will be some relaxation of the israeli blockade and obviously israel is in no position to grant such a wish as long as there are rockets that are continuing to rain down on the israeli population. >> that seems like such a fundamental issue. do you think israel will agree there should be a cease-fire if it in any way relaxes the blockade. the blockade has been central to its approach to hamas. hamas is a terrorist organization internationally recognized as such. it would seem to me israel wo
joining us here in "the war room." hope you have a great night, and we'll see you tomorrow night. ♪ see you here tomorrow. [ ♪ theme music ♪ ] >> eliot: good evening, i'm eliot spitzer, and this is "viewpoint." the six day air war between israel and hamas terrorist and gaza continued unabated while diplomat i canic talks continue in egypt, israel's leaders are preparing to take what they call operation pillar and defense. theyprominent netanyahuprime minister netanyahu and his cabinet deciding what to do. they said if israel was going to invade gaza, they would have done so already. after israel killed hamas' military commander in airstrike three israeli civilians have been killed and 70 wounded missile strikes that reached as far as tel aviv, 50 miles from gaza's northern border. but israel's iron dome defense system has knocked down hundreds of palestinian missiles, limiting casualties and damage. they have launched 1300 airstrikes against targets in gaza. 106 palestinians have been killed in the fighting. hospital officials say half of those killed were civilians. howeve
it, and we must stop it. >> michael shure will join us with more later in the show. first joining us to talk voter suppression and issues we've seen, congress wham sheila jackson, democratic from texas. thank you for joining our show. >> eliot, thank you. it's a pleasure to be with you this evening. >> you had a rally today about voter suppression. tell us what the issues are and what you see. we've had some successes in the courts. tell us how this has played out over the last several months. >> thank goodness, we've had some victories and they will play out in our election on the final election day the election day tomorrow november 6, for example, ohio just went to court to insist on these last two days of early vote, saturday and sunday. i just came back from ohio with my colleague the congressional black caucus and our emphasis was one vote, one person, your vote is precious but the idea of how exciting it was to see people be able to vote this past saturday and sunday, and i think the point should be made to vote is not to commit fraud. to vote is not to commit a felony. that's
're going to stop it, and we must stop it. >> eliot: michael shure will join us with more later in the show. but first to talk voter suppression and some of the issues we've seen in the polls congresswoman sheila jackson lee, thank you for joining our show. >> eliot, thank you so much. it's a pleasure to be with you this evening. >> eliot: now, you had a rally today about voter suppression. tell us why, what the issues still are, and where you see this issue. we've seen some successes in the courts, but tell us how this issue has played out over the past several months? >> well, thank goodness we've had some victories and those victories will play out in our election on the final election day, the election day tomorrow, november 6th. for example ohio just went to court to insist on these last two days of early vote, saturday and sunday, and i just came back from ohio with my colleague in the congressional caucus, and the emphasis was one vote, one person the vote is precious. the idea of how exciting was to see people ebb able to vote this past saturday and sunday. the point should be made
. during his term the economy added millions of jobs. professor at us berkeley goldman school of public policy and author of "beyond outrage: what has gone wrong with our economy and our democracy and how to fix it." hello, mr. secretary. >> hello eliot. >> eliot: there was a massive conspiracy that the economy was picking up steam. do you think the numbers prove there is an accelerating fact that there improvement. >> the reason why unemployment ticked up was because more people are trying to find jobs now, and in that particular survey the bureau of labor statistics only looks at the number of people who are trying to find jobs. when more people are trying to find jobs because they are more optimistic about there being jobs there that means the unemployment rate actually ironically goes up. the real important number is the establishment survey number. that 171,000 new jobs is a major marker and it shows indubitably that the trend is in the right direction. >> eliot: now you have written so persuasively, and in my class i use a chart that you use in one of your other books that shows t
he war room." i hope you join us tomorrow night. we'll have a great show. i hope you have a great night. >> eliot: good evening. i'i'm eliot spitzer. this is "viewpoint." bill maher will join me later in the program to discuss the absurdity that is politics and the way it's covered. many people are saying nothing is quite as absurd as the pandora's box opened by the fbi investigation into subsequent resignation of retired four star general david petraeus and it may have claimed another high-ranking military official, commander of the forces in afghanistan, john allen. florida socialite jill kelley complained about harassing e-mails and contacted a friend at the fbi. the account was found to have belonged to paula broadwell. she was given access to david petraeus. locate the was evidence of an affair between petraeus and miss broadwell. the information was leak and petraeus resigned. as more information trickled out, the story got crazier. the harassing e-mails revealed to be not so threatening. the investigat
who currently works as a defense attorney in seattle. thank you for joining us. >> thank you for having me. thank you. >> eliot: my question is once the fbi determined there was no crime, no prosecution and no security breach that they were worried about why didn't the entire incident end at that point? >> it should have. it actually should never have started. it does not--this is one of those rare times where i find myself in agreement with representative king. there isn't a basis for criminal investigation to begin with. cyber-stalking is not about harassing. to be guilty of cyber-stalking you have to make a threat to a person or threaten to kidnap them. nothing that the fbi has released oh or said suggests that they had a basis for the crime to begin with. yet the investigation went on and then it was leaked. that resulted in the loss of an awfully good man. >> eliot: if general petraeus had still been in the military. i'm by no means an expert by this, you are the extramarital affair itself might have been in violation of the military code and hence would have led to some
, president obama said sunday the u.s. while working to de-escalate the situation and end the fighting would stand behind its ally. >> we're fully supportive of israel's right to defend itself from missiles landing on people's homes, workplaces and potentially killing civilians. and we'll continue to support israeli's right to support itself. >> eliot: a poll said that 57% support israel's israel. egypt is serving as an intermediary in the ongoing talks vicinity's president told reporters if the situation was further escalateed this co-mean dire consequences, and we could not accept that, and the free world could not accept that. william hague seemed to agree. a ground invasion is much more difficult for the international community to support. for more for the efforts to broker peace i'm joined by james traub and by joe cirincione president of the global security foundation and author of "bomb scare: the history and future of nuclear weapons." why now? why is this simmer conflict simmering conflict happening. >> there is an election coming up in israel. the cynical interpretation would be ne
he fixed his tax return so he could pay a little bit more in the one year he revealed to us, he was paying 13% 14% taxes on hundreds of millions of dollars of wealth. and he's going to talk about the gift that -- but let me say this. i think it is very important to understand when he says that immigration was a gift, we worked tirelessly and you and i both know we demanded this of our president. we wish he had done it earlier. was it smart politically to do it? was a great public policy? that's what was essential. let me say this. mr. romney we passed the dream act 216-208. 55 u.s. senators stood up in the senate to pass the dream act. what the president did was the will of the people transmitted through their legislative body. you're just angry because we were able to get over your filibustering in the senate. >> eliot: that's exactly right. the interesting thing is the republican party at least those who are thinking about the future are rejecting mitt romney's view. they're saying this is a world view of th
tax code. >> eliot: for more on the perils of the fiscal cliff and the choices before us, i'm joined by robert reich professor at u.c. berkeley's goldman school of public policy and author of "beyond outrage what has gone wrong with our economy and democracy and how to fix it." professor, thank you for joining us. >> good evening. >> eliot: seems to me the choice is one of jobs versus short-term deficits. which is the right choice and explain to us why this is such a critical juncture. >> well, jobs has to be the choice we make right now. it is a very critical juncture because if we fall for the idea that the deficit is the biggest problem we face and we start in earnest, cutting spending, raising tax on the middle class we are going to find ourselves very promptly back in a recession. the big problem of the fiscal cliff is a problem that -- that is created because the fiscal cliff is an automatic set of tax increases and spending cuts put there because congress couldn't agree to anything else, you remember, b
there is another crisis emerging, which is the debt cereal something going to bump up us or we'll bump up against it in a short month or two. that has to be with this bargaining--they have to deal with it simultaneously i hope. >> boehner will say to the president, look, if you keep everything the way it is right now and extend the bush tax cuts temporarily into january or february then we will agree not to oppose an increase in the debt limit, and then we'll have our negotiations sometime in february or in march. i think the president needs to say no. the american public already went through that with you guys. one of the reasons you got a rubbing in the last election is because of your manipulations your subjecting to the american economy to the possibility of defaulting on the faith and credit of the united states. americans don't want that again. we are not going to allow that, and i am going to maintain the bargaining leverage i have. we're going to end the bush tax cuts on january 1st as scheduled, period. >> eliot: secretary, i hope the president says that precisely to john boehner. we wil
in. president obama used a campaign-style white house appearance today to declare that while he's willing to compromise with the republicans his bisque position has not changed. >> obama: as i said before, we can't just cut our way to prosperity. if we're serious about reducing the deficit we have to combine spending cuts with revenue that means asking the wealthiest americans to pay a little more in taxes. on tuesday night we found out that the majority of americans agree with my approach. and that includes democrats independents, and a lot of republicans. >> eliot: mr. obama also said that he planned to meet with speaker of the house john boehner and other congressional leaders at the white house next year along with business and labor leaders. the president made it clear that even while talks were under way he wanted the house to move quickly to pass a middle class tax freeze that has already cleared the senate. >> obama: let's not wait. even as we're negotiating the broader deficit reduction package. let's extend the middle class tax cuts right now. >> eliot: for his part sp
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